Snitzel's Vulpine Makes Her First Stakes Foray Count

Mark Smith - Saturday March 6

On the go since last November, the four-year-old Snitzel mare Vulpine made a telling statement at her ninth run of the preparation in Saturday’s Group III Wenona Girl Quality (1200m) at Randwick.

Vulpine - Robbie Dolan (image Steve Hart)

Ridden by Robbie Dolan, the Brad Widdup-trained mare took the lead shortly after the start and refused to surrender it.

She defeated the Sebring mare Seasons by three-quarters of a length with the odds-on favourite Emanate (Lonhro) a long-head back in third.

It was the first time Vulpine contested a stakes race. She advances her record to five wins, three seconds and two thirds from 18 starts with earnings of $237,640.

Widdup was in awe of the mare’s toughness.


“It’s incredible really. She has come a long way in a short time,” Widdup said.

“To win a Group III against a good bunch of mares is a fantastic effort. She is very tough.

“It’s her ninth run in. I was thinking about putting her out, but I’ll have to have a think about it now.

“The Birthday Card It’s there, but I’ve got a couple of mares at home I’m aiming for that as well.

“So, we’ll have a good think about it. She’s done a great job.”

Consigned by Willow Park Stud to the 2018 magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Vulpine was bought by Andrew Williams B/S /Millsy Girls Racing/BK Racing for $340,000.

Vulpine a $340,000 Magic Millions Yearling

She is the best of two winners from three to race out of the Elusive Quality (USA) mare Elusive Leone.

Purchased by James Harron Bloodstock for $550,000 at the 2015 National broodmare Sale, Elusive Leone is a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner and successful sire Star Witness, the dual Group III winner Nostradamus, and the Group 1-placed Lady Lupino.

Sadly, Elusive Leone died in 2017. Her final foal is the 3yo Sebring mare Eight Diamonds, a winner at Canterbury who finished unplaced in last week's Group 1 Surround Stakes at Randwick.

Vulpine becomes the 106th stakes-winner for Arrowfield Stud’s flagship stallion Snitzel.


Race Result - Fujitsu General Wenona Girl Gr3 1200m

Randwick Track: Good(4) Time: 1:08.10
T: Brad Widdup J: R Dolan 53
4m Snitzel (AUS) x Elusive Leone (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $340,000
V:Willow Park Stud Scone NSW
B: Andrew Williams B/S /Millsy Girls Rcg/BK Rcg
T: L J Bridge J: K Mc Evoy 54
6m Sebring (AUS) x Acouplamas (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Holbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW
B: K Harding
T: James Cummings J: Rachel King 53
4m Lonhro (AUS) x Guelph (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Jen Rules
T: P & P Snowden J: A Adkins 53
5m Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Fate Rules (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Highgrove Stud, Darling Downs, Qld
B: Kitchwin Hills
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 57.5
5m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Now Now (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Fairhill Farm, Mulbring
B: Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd / Chris Waller Racing
T: K A Lees J: J R Collett 54.5
5m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Tahnee Topaz (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $280,000
V:Milburn Creek, Wildes Meadow
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock
Positive Peace
T: Bjorn Baker J: J Parr 58
5m Stratum (AUS) x Warpath (AUS) (Reset (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $260,000
V:Kia Ora Stud, Scone
B: Bjorn Baker Racing / Blandford Bloodstock
Stolen Jade
T: C E Conners J: J Ford 53
4m So You Think (NZ) x Jewel Theft (AUS) (Jade Robbery (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Victory Lodge
T: K A Lees J: A B Collett 53
5m Zoustar (AUS) x Listen Here (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $1,000,000
V:Edinglassie Stud, Muswellbrook
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock
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